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Man charged in sister-in-law's homicide returns to Onondaga County

A Phoenix man who Onondaga County Sheriff's Deputies say killed his sister-in-law in the town of Geddes and then fled to Pennsylvania has returned to Central New York for his arraignment.
A Phoenix man suspected of killing his sister-in-law was arraigned in Town of Geddes Court on Tuesday.
A Phoenix man suspected of killing his sister-in-law was arraigned in Town of Geddes Court on Tuesday.
Larry Frank (Photo courtesy of Clearfield County Prison)
Larry Frank (Photo courtesy of Clearfield County Prison)
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – A Phoenix man who Onondaga County Sheriff's Deputies say killed his sister-in-law in the town of Geddes and then fled to Pennsylvania has returned to Central New York for his arraignment.

According to the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office, 49-year-old Larry Frank has already admitted that he killed Patricia Gryczka.

He was arraigned in Town of Geddes Court on Tuesday on murder charges.

Frank has been denied bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Monday at 2 p.m.

Police in Lawrence Township in Pennsylvania arrested Frank on a warrant out of Onondaga County after he used a credit card at a local Walmart.

Earlier in the day, they responded to a call from Webb Road at around 4 a.m. and found household items. After an intensive search, they found the body of 53-year-old Patricia Gryczka of Geddes.

They said her injuries were consistent with those of strangulation and asphyxiation.

They believe that the struggle began as a dispute between Frank and Gryczka in the woman's town of Geddes home on Leslee Terrace.

Deputies then went to Gryczka’s house, which they discovered had been burglarized. Some of the items taken from the home had been found at the scene on Webb Road.

When they began visiting her family members, Phoenix Police discovered the suspect, who is the victim’s brother-in-law. According to police, Frank was sitting in his own car at the Phoenix residence. The victim’s car would be discovered on West Onondaga Street near Velasko Road.

At that point, they say Frank drove off, leading police on a high-speed chase south on I-481 until he lost them at Route 31.

They say Frank then continued south until he reached Pennsylvania, where he was arrested around 5:30 p.m. on Monday.

Sheriff’s Deputies were already following up on a tip that he had used a credit card in the Elmira and Ithaca area when they were notified that Frank had been arrested.

Police discovered a handgun in the car he was driving.

He is also charged with being a fugitive from justice in Pennsylvania.

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